public land


A proposed fracking project would lease over 40,000 acres of beautiful forestland in Ohio’s only national forest, the Wayne.The land could be open to fracking in as little as 30 days!

Ohio already has very little public land, and our remaining forests are often broken up into small patches that can’t support wildlife. That’s why the OEC Action Fund is waging a major campaign to protect Ohio’s forestland. We think the Wayne should be full of trails to explore and towering trees, not pipelines and fracking wells.

I urge the BLM to cancel its plan to lease out 40,000 acres of the Wayne National Forest to fracking operations. The damage that such a large scale project could inflict on the forest and the rare and threatened wildlife species that depend on it is tremendous.

I am also concerned that new fossil fuel leasing on the Wayne will be yet another negative contribution to the worsening global climate crisis. The BLM administers a substantial portion of this country’s proven fossil fuel reserves, including those underneath the Wayne. Expansion of fossil fuel production on federal lands could substantially increase greenhouse gas emissions and jeopardize the environment and the health and well being of future generations.

Please sign the petition to save the Wayne National Forest from fracking.
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When you vote for Gary Johnson or Liz Cheney (Wyoming) you are casting a vote to turn over public lands (like national parks and forests) to states instead of the American people. When states control land, they can choose to sell it regardless of popular opinion. Most states are operating in a tremendous deficit, so these types of sales would likely be more frequent, as well as loss of access to camping, hunting, fishing, and more. Keep public lands in public hands. 


This skunk family at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is so stinkin’ cute!

Nestled in central Wisconsin, Necedah hosts habitats including wetlands, prairies, savannas and forests. The usfws refuge is home to whooping cranes, trumpeter swans, skunks and red-headed woodpeckers. Visitors to Necedah can enjoy great hiking trails and wildlife viewing. Video by Ariel Lepito.


Public Lands/ Exploration/ Night Sky/ 

Searching for a meteor burst last night in the Bald Hills above Redwood creek in Redwood National Park.  

I had visions of a Meteor burst behind this fire tower, if you zoom in a few images have a faint line or two, but overall every time I would place and focus the lens the meteors would then show up in a different part of the sky.

*note on editing:
I find it difficult to edit night photos. It’s a tough call between taking all of the amazing colors the long exposure captures, and trying to portray the scene more closely to the way I experienced it. I always find that to my eyes it looks more silvery blue, but the camera often finds many colors. Last nights photos out of camera had amazing greens, purple and blue which to people viewing the photos might be more interesting. But that’s not how it felt to be there alone in the dark walking in starlight.  Maybe I’ll share an alternate edit at another time.


That last seal looks so confused…

Reflection Canyon is one of the unique wonders in the Southwest. Located in a remote section of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Reflection Canyon offers unparalleled views of the Colorado River twisting and winding through colorful sandstone cliffs. After the tough hike to reach Reflection Canyon, photographer Wan Shi was rewarded with this spectacular shot. “This has to be the most colorful and surreal scene I have ever seen in American Southwest.” Photo by Wan Shi (


Happy World Wildlife Day!

We celebrate wildlife today and every day on our nation’s public lands. More than 3,000 species of wildlife call BLM-managed lands home - that’s a backyard of more than 245 million acres in 23 states, dispersed over ecologically-diverse and essential habitat.

Enjoy a few of our favorite wildlife photos from your public lands!

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This is Bigger than Cliven Bundy.

At the Moapa Valley Town Board meeting, held on 04/09/14, it was made clear that the only people trespassing on the public land in question were the BLM. Clark County residents made it clear that it was Clark County land. The fight is way beyond Cliven Bundy. These people are worried about where the buck stops after the Bundy ranch. They don’t want a “next person” incident. They want it stopped. And the gentleman in the video makes it clear that he will help Bundy, unarmed, regardless of the BLM’s actions after; and if the BLM fires on them, then and only then is it game on.

Cliven Bundy, in this video here, spoke right after his friend.

Summer sunsets at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska are truly special. Kent Miller snapped this dream-like photo two days ago of a moose walking along Reflection Pond. In the background, the top of Denali is illuminated by the setting sun at midnight. Photo by Kent Miller, National Park Service.

The slopes of Mount Rainier in Washington are a patchwork of brilliant fall colors this time of year. Mount Rainier National Park is located southeast of Seattle and has more than 260 miles of maintained trails – making it a perfect place to explore the beauty of our public lands. Photo by National Parks Service.


Happy anniversary to the Wilderness Act!  On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed this landmark conservation legislation. The BLM has stewardship responsibilities for 223 Wilderness Areas with over 8.7 million acres in 10 Western States. These areas are protected in their undeveloped state and offer outstanding recreation opportunities for visitors willing to experience nature on its own terms. BLM managed wilderness areas include vast southwestern deserts, red-rock canyons, rugged Pacific coastline and alpine peaks.